I’ve been dead broke, struggling to find clients, waiting for the mail man to arrive with a check from a client, desperate to deposit it before an employee cashes their check.
I’ve been rich, totally out of debt, money in savings, lots of business, and thinking about investing in property.
And both situations above were within the same quarter of business.
With a rollercoaster ride like this, we entrepreneurs could be considered suicidal and depressed in the same month as excited and hopeful!
What I’ve learned in my walk with God is that JOY is the only feeling I need to be seeking. Joy is present in good times and bad. Joy is hope in God and trusting that he has my best interest at heart.
But how do you feel joy when the checks are bouncing? How can I be happy when I haven’t paid myself in weeks.
God has a remedy: CELEBRATE.
As we continue reading Nehimiah 8, Nehimiah and leaders instruct the people go celebrate, eat, drink and share with others because the word of God had revealed to them how amazing and merciful and graceful God is.
Nehimiah 8:9-10 says
Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law. Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”….. Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.
The key to joy as entrepreneurs is to 1) always be reading the word of God, during good times and in bad 2) once you’ve read, find a reason to celebrate. There has to be something good that has happened because of what God just told you in scripture. Celebrate it.
I read every morning and blog about it to you so that I can give myself a celebration and it gives me joy to share that.
We entrepreneurs can all be finding reasons to celebrate after reading God’s word.